Tonawanda News


October 13, 2013

sprucing up the waterfront


Tonawanda News — “We have everything in place now,” he said. “Now that everything has passed we’re going for the funding.” 

The group, made up of 125 members, has been situated at 346 River Road since moving from the current city-owned Lumberjack Patio Grill locale. Preisler said with invasive species riddling the shoreline and the shoreline itself rapidly eroding, the organization sought to find away to improve the property while attempting to think outside the box. 

The project, he noted, would run “along the length of the parking lot,” and introduce native species to ward off erosion rather than the commonly used concrete blocks or boulders. 

“The shoreline is eroding, it’s falling in,” he said. “and it’s infested with poisonous ivy and sumac and just overgrown with weeds and invasive shrubs. Instead of filling it up with rocks we decided to go the natural way. We’re also putting in a rest area for a bike path.” 

The rest area would include the installation of picnic benches on the west end of the property “away from everything else” and “overlooking the river.”

“We’ve done a lot of upkeep on the property since we purchased it five years ago,” he said. “And this will add to it.” 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115. 

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